This is beginning to be a habit – snow at Christmas. The once mild winter climate of West Cork has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Unfortunately, even having had snow last year, we were completely unprepared for it and how suddenly it can impact on our lives. Just a few days before Christmas, on what had started out as a fine sunny day with barely a frost in the morning, David headed off to Skibbereen, within 10 mins of him leaving a blizzard started with snow covering the countryside at a startling rate. Within the hour David phoned to say he was on his way home, but the Baltimore road was blocked and he was taking a detour across tracks to reach Lough Hyne, where he then abandoned the car and walked through the snow up the steep zig-zag to Ballymacrown. It was with relief that he reached home half an hour later, cold, tired and shocked from his Antarctic experience. This sort of weather is virtually unheard of for Baltimore, but it won’t catch us out next year, we’ll be prepared and I expect West Cork will not see snow again for years to come!
The memories of the trouble the snow caused will no doubt fade and we will be left with the memory of the joy experienced by the children of the village on their make shift sleighs down the hills, snow ball fights and jolly snowmen.
Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!It doesn’t show signs of stopping,
And I’ve bought some corn for popping,
The lights are turned way down low,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!When we finally kiss goodnight,
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But if you’ll really hold me tight,
All the way home I’ll be warm.The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we’re still good-bying,
But as long as you love me so,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
The song ‘Let it Snow’ created by lyricist Sammy Cahn in 1945 will always remind me of Christmas 2010.